• Aug 18, 2008


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Ever meet one of those parents who are never satisfied no matter how well their kids do? The child comes home with a 98% on a school exam and the parent asks "How'd you lose two percent?" Dinan is one of those parents. But instead of overstressed children, Dinan produces overachieving performance automobiles.

Take, for example, the latest M3, which BMW unveiled with a V8 derived from the award-winning 5-liter V10 found in the M5 and M6. The eight replaced the inline-six on the previous model, but instead of remaining content to say "good job on the extra two cylinders", Dinan asks what happened to the extra two from the V10. Not that they would have been happy with the V10, either. On that, Dinan pushed and pushed, boring and stroking out the engine's ten cylinders until they got it up to 5.7 liters and 628 horsepower. Pretty sick, but saddled with the heft of a BMW 5 or 6 Series, Dinan couldn't help but ask what would happen to its pride and joy in a more suitable setting. Word has it now that Dinan is preparing to shoehorn in its 628-hp concoction into the M3's engine bay. Thankfully they'll be lightening it up a little after that, removing some of the bulk from the front end in order to keep the weight balance in check. We can't wait to see what it can achieve.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Take that GT-R 35!
      • 6 Years Ago
      should work, Hartge has done this before with the H50 coupe which is based on the normal coupe instead of the M.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's gonna be pricey, but I can just imagine how much fun this thing's gonna be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They said the same thing back in the 70's and to some degree, they were right.

        I don't think we will see an end to monstrously powerful autos but rather different means to achieving that power.

        Long live ridiculously overpowered cars!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think that the car's of today will be the most powerful cars EVER built. Now that the whole green thing is taking hold, it won't be long until these monsters of today will be the dinosaurs of tomorrow.

        You better get em while you can. Because in another 10 years, that's all she wrote.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that's ridiculously excessive. A heavily massaged stocker (V8) would be cooler IMO, say 500hp at the same lofty 8400rpm?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Close to it. If I recall correctly, the M5's V10 revs all the way to 8250 RPM. Insane.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can they rev the V10 that high?
        • 6 Years Ago
        How about 628 at the same lofty rev?
      • 6 Years Ago
      AKA Hundai Azera, GTR and others, performance or no; the reason this car is going to market is today so many mfr's are doing 'slightly less' performance (or comfort) for a lot less change. What gives you the best value: a Veyron at over a mill ... or a (slower) beefed up M3 for $130K?
      • 6 Years Ago
      You have to pay to play.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the one guy who thought his VW Lupo GTI (original 1.6L 4cyl in-line) didn't have enough power and installed a VR6 2.8L from the Golf. After that he was still not satisfied and bought an extra VR6 to propel the rear axle as well.

      Google Lupo W12 and you'll find it pretty fast.
      ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is madness!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Madness... THIS IS SPARTAAAA!!!

        oh wait. Wrong board.
        Also. I liked the "overstressed children" part, Autoblog.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Madness? THIS IS SPARTA!

        But seriously.. this thing is going to rock. Any word on how they're going to swap the cogs?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tell me about it. It should at least provide for some interesting conversation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ahh I got beaten to the Sparta joke... oh well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why ?? Just because they can? How many people can truely drive a vehicle with this much power safely? Where ? Racetrack?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dear Dausman,

        It appears you have found this blog by accident, probably in your search for a Miley Cyrus blog. This blog is for mature petrolheads, not for kids who are still clutching onto their learning permits.

        Please run along now and don't forget to buy your tickets to the Miley concert.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably more than those able to spell "truly" correctly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hope dinan like buying tires cause that M3 is gonna burn em
      • 6 Years Ago
      this car looks badass - but i'm very skeptical of how they will keep the weight properly balanced. a big v10 is a lot heavier than a v8, and I just don't see any easy way to balance out all that added weight other than a substantial replacement of the front half of the car by carbon-fiber (or by significantly weighing down the back, which is a horrible solution)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Slackers, why not just squeeze it into the 1-Series?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hartge has done a V8 1-series before. I doubt anything bigger would fit though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How about a motorcycle? ;)
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